growl

[groul]
verb (used without object)
1.
to utter a deep guttural sound of anger or hostility: The dog growled at the mail carrier.
2.
to murmur or complain angrily; grumble.
3.
to rumble: The thunder growled.
4.
Jazz. to use flutter-tonguing in playing a wind instrument.
verb (used with object)
5.
to express by growling.
noun
6.
the act or sound of growling.
7.
Jazz. the technique of flutter-tonguing.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English groule to rumble (said of the bowels); cognate with German grollen

growlingly, adverb
undergrowl, noun
ungrowling, adjective


2. See complain.
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growl (ɡraʊl)
 
vb
1.  (of animals, esp when hostile) to utter (sounds) in a low inarticulate manner: the dog growled at us
2.  to utter (words) in a gruff or angry manner: he growled an apology
3.  (intr) to make sounds suggestive of an animal growling: the thunder growled around the lake
 
n
4.  the act or sound of growling
5.  jazz an effect resembling a growl, produced at the back of the throat when playing a wind instrument
 
[C18: from earlier grolle, from Old French grouller to grumble]
 
'growlingly
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

growl
1660s, from M.E. grolling "rumbling in the bowels" (late 14c.), from O.Fr. grouler "to rumble," said to be from Frank., probably ult. of imitative origin.
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Example sentences
Occasionally the hyenas would turn on one another, growling and snapping with
  blood-spattered muzzles.
With other people, including friends and family he starts barking and growling
  the minute he sees them.
The growling of timber saws comes from his lumberyard, where piles of rosewood
  lie unhidden.
The cheetahs were growling and hissing at us, warning us to back away and give
  them the food.
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